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Photeinos hypatos (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.466
Diameter 25 mm

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τ.δ|λ... Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τ[ῷ] δούλῳ [σοῦ]

Reverse

Inscription of three lines ending with a cross. A cross between fleurons above. Border of dots.

  
φ̣τη
νυπ
τ

Φωτηνῷ ὑπάτῷ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ Φωτηνῷ ὑπάτῷ.

Mother of God, help your servant Photeinos, hypatos.

Commentary

This specimen was evidently re-used. The traces of a previous strike are evident on the obverse which bore a cruciform invocative monogram (either Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει) completed by τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ in the quarters. On the reverse, the letters ΑΤ .Δ ΙΤ are visible (at 180º to the second strike) but the full inscription cannot be restored.